beverage ingredients and climate change - Part B

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beverage ingredients and climate change - Part B

Beside its impact on the global and local weather patterns, climate change has other effects, as we mentioned before.

Take for example the health impact:

It affects a wide variety of health issues related to dehydration and heat stress.

The first thing to do in order to fight against dehydration-caused diseases, is to stay hydrated. Sometimes when the quality of the water is low, one should drink something else, like natural energy drinks; but one should pay attention to the beverage ingredients.

  • The impact of climate change on public health may have far reaching consequences in addition to more immediate concerns. It includes, among others, deaths and hospitalizations caused by heat waves; hypothermia caused by blizzards; injuries and death due to flooding; and transmission of vector-borne diseases such as hantavirus, West Nile virus, tick-borne encephalitis, Lyme disease, Malaria and Dengue, to name a few.
  • Climate change may also affect the distribution and transmission of communicable diseases, either through impacting the distribution of disease-carrying vectors; or through change in human behaviour (e.g. increased time spent outdoors in woodlands where ticks live).
  • Vector-borne diseases are diseases transmitted by insects such as ticks, mosquitoes, or sandflies. Changes in weather patterns like hotter and longer summers, warmer winters, and increased annual precipitation could push these organisms to shift their habitats, thus to introduce diseases to areas previously unfamiliar with them.
  • Food-borne diseases like salmonellosis are very temperature-sensitive. This means that increased annual average temperatures could have important effects on food safety. Climate change may influence water quality and availability (for drinking and washing) while also leading to increased risks of flooding in some regions.
  • Climate change may also accelerate rates of chronic kidney disease caused by dehydration and heat stress. This chronic kidney disease is not associated with the traditional risk factors like hypertension and diabetes, and it is increasing in rural hot communities, which are presently more susceptible to temperature rise,.but it may emerge as a major factor in the development of chronic kidney disease in the near future. 

In summary:  

Over the next century, climate change and resulting water shortages are likely to become a major and permanent feature of our lives. Moreover, climate change may raise people’s awareness to the relationship between environment and health. Keeping drinkable water clean is becoming more and more of a challenge. One of the things to do in order to maintain the cleanliness of beverage ingredients is to move to natural energy drinks; their beverage base is more natural, and less likely to have long-term ill-effects.